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Youth WORK


Youth unemployment in Broward continues to increase despite employers reporting a need for young employees.  Young people need work experiences in their youth to develop “people skills” essential for the future workforce. Without these opportunities, they are at an increased risk for a host of negative outcomes: long spells of unemployment, poverty, criminal behavior, substance abuse, and incarceration. 

Shape tomorrow’s workforce today for young people to gain critical skills to shape their lives and future careers.
Broward’s youth unemployment rate remains consistently higher than other age groups at 15% due to unskilled workers entering the labor force from high school.  Employers report that young people are deficient in: problem solving, critical thinking, dependability, oral and written communications, professionalism/work ethic.

Projects we will support must create or increase work-based opportunities for young people (14-21).  These opportunities can be traditional jobs, paid or unpaid internships, job shadowing or apprenticeships over a period of time.  Priority will be given to applications that demonstrate the strongest potential to open doors for youth to the workforce and allow them the first rung on their career ladder.

Many of our existing Youth WORK grantees are achieving outstanding results. The most successful of the programs will be considered an additional year of Foundation support.

The Foundation will begin accepting Youth WORK applications again in late 2019. In the meantime, if you have a Youth WORK idea that you would like to share with the Foundation, please contact Angelica Rosas, Grants Manager at



Eduardo is a 11th grader at Plantation High School. He had no idea of the opportunities available to him in the construction trades and the pre-apprenticeship program.  The Pre-Apprenticeship program that the Broward County Public Schools CTACE department launched showed Eduardo a career path and future of which he was not previously aware.  The program gave him exposure to multiple fields in the construction trades, but he was drawn to Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC).  He was given the hands-on instruction that gave him satisfaction and confidence.  He recalls his favorite project so far was working with the instructor was brazing piping to set up a ventilation system for the class project.  Over the summer, he will work as a pre-apprentice and then complete his high school courses and pursue a career in HVAC.

Christopher is a 16 year old and a Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward member where he learned of their Workforce Development Initiative.  This program provides a Customer Service certification and connections to part-time jobs in the youth local community.  Christopher went through the program and learned how to prepare for job interviews that lead him to his first “good job” as a cashier at Wendy’s.  His supervisor reports that Christopher is having a positive attitude at work, show up on time and is doing well.  When Christopher is not working, he makes it a point to continue to be an active BGCB member and serve as a role model.


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